Turmoil for the New York Jets

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

As I was strolling through NFL news last week, one thing that really caught my attention, was news of the Jets firing general manager Mike Maccagnan. They then turned around and named head coach Adam Gase as interim General Manager. All this coming off a March owner meetings where team CEO Christopher Johnson, praised Maccagnan and his working relationship with Gase.

ESPN staff writer Rich Cimini reported internal discord within the Jets organization. ESPN first reported that during the draft, friction had developed between Maccagnan and Gase because of disagreements over personnel during free agency.

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No Football-No Problem

Lisa Johnson, Senior NFL Reporter; Media Director

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

For the next 3 months, we’ll all be watching reruns of NFL games on NFL Network.   We’ll all be scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook looking for any NFL news or any NFL related stories of any kind.

 

Everyone waiting for football…… 

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But don’t worry, I have us all covered, thanks to CBS sports writer John Breech.    Below is a list of all teams activities, that will surely keep some kind of football news and reports in your life.

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Lock it in. Final 2019 NFL mock draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

As we roll into the final week until the 2019 NFL draft, it is time. Here it is, my final mock draft prediction. I did not go into much detail on any trade up or down scenarios, just a couple of guesses, even though I do believe we will see at least 2 trades during the first round.

The reality is, we as sportswriters, fans, bloggers, and yes, even expert NFL analyst, just don’t know for 100%. We all make the best educated guess possible. We love to play the GM game.

This year’s draft to me is one of the most unpredictable drafts we have had in quite some time, and that number 1 pick will set the tone. Then I expect a fast and furious first round from then on!!!

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NFL Draft review – linebackers

Lisa Johnson, OTFB Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

If there’s one thing this 2019 NFL draft isn’t lacking, it’s defense.  The top two defensive players in this draft being edge players, this linebacker group isn’t too far behind.

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2019 NFL preview: Tight Ends

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Topping this years draft board are two very talented tight ends who happen to be teammates.

Iowa’s T. J Hockenson and Noah Fant top many NFL draft analyst top 2 spots.

First on the board is T. J Hockenson, who surprised many as he declared for the 2019 NFL draft. It looks like his timing couldn’t have been any better.

With the news of New England Patriots all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement, Hockenson quickly became a favorite to replace Gronkowski in New England. He had a favorable combine, running a very respectable 40 at a time of 4.7 seconds, and a vertical leap of 37.5″.

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2019 NFL Draft: wide receiver preview

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

With Pro Days starting to get wrapped up and teams starting to assemble their boards, the one position I personally find a challenge to lock in at that top spot is the wide receiver.

Clearly this year it’s D.K. Metcalf from Ole Miss who stands 6′ 3″ and weights in at 228 pounds.

Metcalf put on quite a display at this year’s NFL combine, running a blazing  4.33 in the 40 and followed that up by showing off his size and better then expected route running in several NFL drills.

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2019 NFL draft: running backs

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

This week we will cover two of the top running backs in the 2019 NFL draft.

Without question, this class lacks the fervor that last year’s top running back prospect Saquon Barkley commanded.  I’m also seeing many mock drafts that don’t even have a running back getting drafted day 1.

That being said,  the first running back coming off should be Alabama’s Joshua Jacobs.

Listed at 5’10”, 220 pounds, Jacobs is being talked about as one of the most physical of the backs entering the draft. With his ability to line up in the flat and his blocking skills, he instantly becomes the front runner.  Despite that,  Jacobs did not participate in this years NFL combine, because he was nursing a sore groin.

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NFL Draft by position: Offensive Line

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The 2019 NFL Draft seems to be very defense heavy. As we dive deeper into the draft, the next most important question for the team is: Who is gonna be on the line to block all these pass rushers and linebackers?

According to many, Alabama’s left tackle Jonah Williams should be the first linemen to come off the board. Where the 6’5 301 pounder lands is anyone’s guess, but he is considered to be the best blocker in the draft.

Early in his college career, 2016 Williams played as a true freshman at right tackle earning two all American freshmen teams, as well as all American SEC team. He moved to left tackle his sophomore year and declared for the NFL draft this year following his junior year.

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Could a defensive player be the first pick in the Draft?

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

If you’re a person that believes defenses win championships, then this 2019 NFL draft is right up your alley.

This is one of the most top-heavy defensive drafts I’ve seen in quite a while. With the exception of Kyler Murray, who declared 2 weeks ago for the draft, several NFL mocks had eight of the top ten picks being defensive players. Now, how this all really turns out is anyone’s guess, but… it’s interesting.

A lot can happen before we hear the commissioner declare that the Arizona Cardinal’s are on the clock, and you’ll be hearing a lot of names before then, so let’s just start with the two popular names being heard around the league.

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